With awards season officially upon us, the time has come to expand our scope of winter beauty—usually limited to new-year-new-me haircuts and extra-emollient skincare routines—to include the glitz and glamour of the decade’s first red carpets. Last night, this perspective was defined by Lupita Nyong’o, who turned heads at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards with a sculptural updo built of winding lengths and natural texture.
Nyong’o, who took home the evening’s award for Best Actress for her role in Us, wore her raven curls bound in a pouf of a tie-back, a series of soft braids and twists at the crown giving way to the high-impact bun. The moment was provided by hairstylist Vernon Francois, who offered up multiple angles on Instagram, calling attention to the elegantly gelled baby hair that framed Nyong’o’s forehead. A purple makeup palette—lavender lids and a merlot lip—teamed with the actress’s lime green gown for an undeniably striking look. But, in this case, the mane was the main event.